Find My Brake - Ford Territory
We look at the Ford Territory and its braking system options
First released in 2004, the Australian-designed and manufactured Ford Territory has become somewhat of an Australian motoring icon and remains a mainstay on our roads despite having ceased production almost six years ago. Sharing the same platform as Ford’s legendary Falcon, the Territory blurred the lines between sedan and SUV, offering the perfect compromise between the two.
Throughout its lifespan, the Territory was offered with three different engine choices. One could option either a 2.7L turbo-diesel V6 pushing out 140kW and 440NM, a 4.0L straight-six Barra power-plant with an output of 195kW and 391NM, or the petrol-head favourite – the turbocharged iteration of the 4.0L Barra pumping out a healthy 245kW and 480Nm. These engines could only be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the choice between 4WD and RWD was an option.
Introduced for the 2011 model year, the 2.7L turbo-diesel V6 was a welcome addition for those wanting to stray away from the thirstier 4.0L Barra offerings. Its torque pull from 1900rpm, allowed for impressive driveability and thanks to an extensive improvement in NVH you can barely hear the thing. As a nice little touch, when idling, a clutch mechanism housed inside the transfer case decouples any driving forces being pushed onto the front drive shafts, meaning little noise when stopped at a set of lights.
Driving the Territory, it’s easy to see why it’s become as popular as it amongst families Australia-wide. The engineers at Ford have devised a ride comfort for the Territory that puts it on par with, if not surpassing, some of the more expensive European brands. Essentially, it feels like a Falcon but has the versatility of an SUV. The suspension set-up is absolutely superb, offering the surety and confidence of a much larger car and soaking bumps in the road with very little fuss. Corners are handled with ease, with the suspension taking care of all the hard work and resulting in little body roll. Designed to right at home on the typical family road-trip and handle the Australian landscape with ease, the Territory is a well- behaved, relaxed and comfortable cruiser that can eat up mile upon mile of Australian road, sealed or not.
The European influence is also evident looking at the exterior design of the later model Territories. Having always been a handsome SUV, the updated models stepped it just that little bit. From the front, it sports European styling characteristics and modern headlights. The wide-open grille and muscular stance is a big change from the early model Territories. The facelifted model's chrome-trimmed grille and slim projector headlamps help deliver a more up-market look than before.
Moving to the inside, there’s an impression that the Territory was designed with families in mind first and foremost. Third-row seating could be chosen as an option, or could be found as standard kit in some of the higher trim levels. A total of about 30 storage compartments can be counted inside the Territory interior, and the cabin’s design is certainly geared more towards function than form. The front and rear seats are among the most comfortable in the class, the rubber-lined bottle holders are adjustable to fit different sized bottles, and there’s even a tissue box holder in the console and removable rubbish bin in the rear compartment. Legroom for the middle-row is adult-sized, making it an excellent proposition for growing families. With the third row of seats stored, you have 1153 litres of space. With them flipped them out, you still have plenty with 441 litres at your disposal.
Whilst it is a shame that the Ford Territory is long-gone from Ford showrooms, its car-like handling coupled with its SUV versatility will keep a more than worthy choice for those looking for a family car on the used car market.
Braking Systems for the Ford Territory
Bendix offers a range of brake pad material with Heavy Duty and 4WD pads being the best choice for the Ford Territory. In addition, Bendix also offers the Ultimate Brake Disc Rotor and the Ultimate 4WD Upgrade Kit.
The Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit provides a real solution for 4WD and work ute’s stopping needs. This kit includes Ultimate Front rotors, Front pads and Front and Rear braided brake hoses which can also be purchased in 2-inch lift extended brake line version. It also contains Bendix brake fluid, brake cleaner, rotor wipes and a tube of brake lubricant all in this handy 4WD carry case.
Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved, which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track.
To complement our brake pads, Bendix has a matched Ultimate Brake Disc Rotor which features High Carbon Metallurgy, Diamond Tip Slots and a Swiftfit Coating.
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